I'm a new grad and have an interview for the new grad program in a hospital I currently work in as a CNA. I've been taking people's advice and sort of prepping for the interviewing (on Friday) by answering commonly asked interview questions. For my greatest weakness, is it okay for me to say that it's my lack of experience? I feel like it's a cop out or is too easy an answer but I do believe that it is my greatest weakness coming into the program. It's an ICU new grad program if that's any difference. Thanks for the replies in advance.
Jul 12, '10
by llg, BSN, MSN, PhD Guide
As someone who has interviewed and hired many new grads over the years ... I prefer your first response, the one about experience. It is real: it is an appropriate weakness for someone at your career level: and you focus on the positive by including an explanation of what you are doing to improve in that area.
Personally, the kind of drivel suggested by post #2 [edited to correct the number of the post] makes me gag. I don't like to hear anything in an interview that sounds fake and/or like it was written by an advertising agency. Such fake answers may fool some clown in HR, but a real nurse manager knows b.s*** when she hears it -- and she doesn't want to get it from a job applicant. She wants to know who you really are -- and if who you really are isn't the right person for the job, then you should be working on improving who you are -- not trying to package the wrong product in b.s*** so that you can get a job for which you are not a good fit (which will only make you miserable and get your career off on the wrong foot, by the way.)
Your experience answer sound honest -- and you want to appear honest in an interview. Don't sound like you are making stuff up trying to hide the truth. Any manager good enough at her job to be a good boss will see right through those fake answers and think less of your for trying to blow smoke up her a**.
That's one of the main reasons I ask those kinds of questions in interviews -- to see if the person will give me a real answer or not. If not, then I know I can't trust them. I don't recommend hiring people I can't trust.
Good luck with the interview! Be savy ... but be real.
Last edit by llg on Jul 12, '10